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Synthetic Fibers are the result of an extensive search by scientists to increase and improve upon the supply of naturally occurring animal and plant fibers that have been used in making cloth.

Common synthetic fibers include:

Specialty synthetic fibers include:

Other synthetic materials used in fibers include:

Modern fibers that are made from older man-made materials include:

  • Glass fiber is used for:
    • industrial, automotive, and home insulation (Fiberglass)
    • reinforcement of composite and plastics
    • specialty papers in battery separators and filtration
  • Metallic fiber (1946) is used for:
    • adding metallic properties to clothing for the purpose of fashion (usually made with composite plastic and metal foils)
    • elimination and prevention of static charge build up
    • conducting electricity to transmit information
    • conduction of heat
 

Source:

The original source of this article and much of the synthetic fiber articles (copied with permission) is Whole Earth magazine, No. 90, Summer 1997. www.wholeearth.com

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The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_fibers).  10/30/04

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